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What's 7-Free Nail Polish?

What's 7-Free Nail Polish?




Today, it seems as though everyone is on a health kick. Which is great! Being conscious about the food we are consuming to the products we put in and on our bodies is important for our overall health. Did you know that there are healthier options when it comes selecting nail polish? On your next trip to the nail salon bring your own free nail polish.

What does “free” mean?

Free is a term used in the beauty community that means a nail polish is free of a certain amount of toxic chemical ingredients.

There are a variety of free nail polishes each with their own benefits. In certain brands you may find 3- free, 5- free, 7-free, 9-free or 10-free. 10-free is considered the purest of all free nail polishes.

Our Nude Nail Collection consists of three nail lacquers that are 7-free. They are created without 7 of the most common chemicals found in nail polishes: Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor, Ethyl Tosylamide, and Xylene.

1. Toluene

You know that strong scent that comes out once you open a nail polish bottle? Well that smell my friends is commonly due to toluene. Toluene is a toxic liquid used as a solvent which suspends the color and forms a smooth finish across the nail. Toluene has been listed as a known human respiratory toxicant by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Inhalation or exposure to your skin can cause skin irritation, light headedness, and nausea. It is also advised that pregnant women should not be exposed to toluene for long periods of time, as it may cause birth defects and development issues in children.

2. Dibutyl Phthalate

Also, known as DBP, is commonly used as a solvent for dyes or as a plasticizer that prevents nail polishes from becoming brittle. This toxic chemical has also been linked to birth defects, delays in child development, and cancer. If DBP is absorbed through the skin, it can enhance the capacity of other chemicals to cause a genetic mutation, which leads to developmental defects, problems in reproducing, and malformations of an embryo.

3. Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde is used as a nail hardening agent and disinfectant for nail care tools. Seems normal, right? Well, not quite. This chemical is also used to preserve corpses of animals and sometimes humans. Using low levels of formaldehyde have been found to cause irritations of the eyes, nose, throat, and skin. Formaldehyde is known for being a trigger to individuals who suffer from asthma and is an agent known for being directly related to causing cancer, such as Leukemia.

4. Formaldehyde Resin

Think of this one to be like Formaldehyde’s younger sibling. Unlike Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin has not been linked to cancer but has been known for causing skin allergies such as dermatitis. Formaldehyde Resin is a soft material which makes nails tough, shiny and durable. Usually, Formaldehyde Resin is used in the production of paint and adhesives. Some side effects to look out for are skin outbreaks and respiratory problems.

5. Camphor

Thank camphor for leaving that annoying yellow stain left on your nails after removing certain polishes. This chemical acts as a barrier on your nails which deprives your nails of natural nutrients. It has been known for causing nausea, dizziness, headaches, seizures, and liver damage when inhaled or consumed.

6. Ethyl Tosylamide

A plasticizer and film former that helps polish dry in minutes. It is also known for preventing polish from chipping and wearing off too quickly. That all sounds great to us! Unfortunately, this chemical has been banned in the continent of Europe due to concerns over antibiotic resistance.

7. Xylene

Found in lacquers and nail polish, it is also listed as Xytol or Dimethylbenzene and it's used as a solvent. This powerful chemical is known for being colorless and has been used in products such as paint, nail polish, rubber cement, and gasoline! This chemical damages the central nervous system and cause headaches, skin, eye, nose, and throat irritations, memory problems, gastrointestinal discomfort, and can potentially affect the kidney and liver. Knowing what you know now, please keep a look out for this ingredient and steer clear! 

Our Nude Nail Collection is a trio of deeply pigmented high shine nail lacquers. Our nail lacquers 7-free, vegan, cruelty free, and proudly made in the USA.

From Left to Right: Pinkish, Yes We Tan, and Brown & Bougie

If you are spooked out just as we are about most of this information, you may want to start looking into your own stash of nail polishes and lacquers and start eliminating the most harmful ones. If you want gorgeous nails without the cost of your health get your own Nude Nail Collection today.  

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Voices: The Visionary Behind Nubian Skin

Voices: The Visionary Behind Nubian Skin

Ade Hassan

The Journey

Nubian Skin was founded by 33-year-old British-born Ade Hassan, MBE. Her international upbringing across the UK, Nigeria, the Middle East and the USA has given her a global perspective, which continues to influence her today.

After completing her higher education in the US and the UK, Ade entered the corporate world, and worked at various finance and consulting institutions, all the while harboring her entrepreneurial ambitions. Thoughts are different than actions however, and comfortable with a growing pay check and an expanding collection of shoes, the idea was put on hold, until an apt reminder came in the form of a birthday card from a close friend in 2012. ‘It’s time to start living the life you have always imagined’, so she did just that!

In spring 2013 the old business plans were dusted off, domains were bought, and the Nubian Skin journey began. It has not been an easy process, but her dream is coming to fruition.  To quote Ade, "My nude isn’t the nude I see in shops. Despite the reality that women of color have the same needs as all women when it comes to lingerie and hosiery (and spend the same of their hard-earned money), the industry simply doesn’t cater to us.  So, I thought, it’s time to rethink the definition of nude".

Ade was recently named in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours list to receive an MBE. The award was made in recognition of Ade’s commitment to her mission to redefine nude through her brand Nubian Skin, and the impact she has consequently made on the fashion industry.

Ade's Skin Care Routine

I love skin care and make up even if I don’t use a ridiculous amount of makeup on a daily basis. I’ve got all sorts of lovely masks, flash masks, cleansers, moisturizers, and some face oils. I think skin care is so much more important than make up.

Right now, I’ve been using Kiehl’s Ultimate Facial Cleanser at night followed by either Dr Hauschka night serum and then Environ face oil capsules OR I might use Ren’s Wake wonderful Night-Time Facial a couple of times a week.

In the morning, I cleanse, sometimes tone, moisturize with Dr Hauschka Revitalising Day Cream and top it off with sunscreen. I try to exfoliate and / or use a mask once a twice a week.  Depending on how my skin is feeling it might be an exfoliating, hydrating or cleansing mask.

Makeup-wise, I tend to fill in my brows using the Mayfair Edit collection, which is just amazing.  The miracle product from the collection is the brow highlighter – it just makes your eyebrows look so neat and groomed.  Then it’s mascara and a bit of lipstick or lip gloss, I’m loving Pat McGrath and Smashbox for lipsticks at the moment.  I don’t tend to wear foundation or powder unless I have a special occasion.

I’ve always loved skincare ever since I was little, I think watching my mum instilled that in me.  I’m not anywhere close to being a pro at makeup, and I hate the look of being over done, but I do think make up is so much fun, it’s all about that added boost to your day.


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Top 5 Fall Beauty Essentials

Top 5 Fall Beauty Essentials

If you're anything like us on the Mented team you love fall! From the cool weather that allows us more free reign when it comes to clothing (hello East Coast!) to the smell of sweet pumpkin we can't get enough. With all of the joys fall brings our beauty essentials are just as distinct. Here’s a list of 5 beauty must-haves to add to your fall beauty routine.

Carol’s Daughter-Monoi Repairing Hair Mask

We all know how harsh winds can strip our hair of moisture and cause breakage in cooler months. This hair mask claims to not only reverse damage, but prevent 98% of future damage. After you shampoo, this mask’s softening Shea Butter and strengthening Monoi Oil will have your hair looking and feelings it’s best. 

Plant Apothecary Matcha Face Mask

Give your skin the treatment it deserves with this antioxidant face mask. The matcha tea and chamomile work together to reduce inflammation and fight any harsh free radicals caused from the wind. Unwind and indulge in this organic face mask after a long day.

Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner


Keeping your face toned and hydrated in the fall is a must! That's why we had to add this Rose Deep Hydrating Facial Toner by Fresh to the list. Try using it before your moisturizer to draw out impurities without drying out your skin for a smoother complexion. We’re sure your skin will thank you!

Fenty Beauty - Match Stix Trios

All good things come in threes! Take your fall routine to the next level with Fenty Beauty’s lightweight and pigmented Match Stix Shimmer and Matte Skinsticks. This trio makes concealing, contouring, and highlighting easier than ever and it’s the perfect size for when you're on-the-go.

Mented Gloss For Grown Ups - Lip Gloss Collection

Do you want the perfect fall lip color without fear of causing dry cracked lips? Don’t worry we have you covered! Our Lip Gloss for Grownups Collection comes in four warm shades that we guarantee will leave your lips feeling baby smooth and will complement any fall makeup look. 

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